'Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists' Game Slated for 2018 in Japan
posted on by Karen Ressler
Gust announced during a Dengeki Online livestream presentation on Tuesday that Nelke to Densetsu no Renkinjutsushi-tachi: Arata na Daichi no Atelier (Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists: Atelier of a New Land), the latest game in its Atelier series, is slated to ship this year in Japan. It will be available physically and digitally on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch.
A premium edition with a visual book, sound archives CD, a B2-size poster, and a mini metal clear poster will be available for all three systems. A "20th anniversary commemorative box" edition will include all of these bonuses plus metal badges of classic Atelier series characters, an acrylic stand figure of Nelk, and a large poster.
Unlike previous series protagonists, the game's protagonist, Nelke, is not an alchemist. However, it will feature "legendary alchemists" from previous entries in the franchise.
NOCO, the character designer from Atelier Sophie and Atelier Firis, will return as the character designer for the game.
The latest game in the franchise, Gust's Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Lydie to Suelle no Atelier ~Fushigi no Kaiga no Renkinjutsushi~), shipped in Japan for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch on December 21. Koei Tecmo Games released the game on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in North America on March 27 and in Europe on March 30.
Gust is also releasing PS4 and Switch ports for the Arland trilogy games — Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori, and Atelier Meruru — on September 20.